Health advocates say new fund needed to improve public health in Massachusetts
Money to come from insurer tax
A coalition of Massachusetts health advocates and civic leaders is lobbying for a new pool of money, possibly funded by a tax on insurers, that would pay for programs to stem preventable illnesses such as diabetes, asthma, and heart disease that are fueling medical costs. Insurers would be assessed a tax on what they now pay each year to cover the hospital bills of their subscribers. The fee is similar to one already levied on insurers by the state to pay for childhood vaccines and care for the uninsured.